3 Teams Reportedly In The Mix For Aroldis Chapman
As the MLB free agency period winds down, fans can start looking forward to the start of spring training and the World Baseball Classic.
But there are still a few players who are looking for jobs in 2023.
Veteran left-hander Aroldis Chapman is one of them.
The 34-year-old has split time between the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees during his career.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, there are three teams that appear to be in the running for the hard-throwing lefty.
Those teams are the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres.
Feinsand posted the update on Twitter.
The Marlins, Royals and Padres are among the teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, per sources.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 18, 2023
Chapman is obviously not the pitcher he once was.
His velocity has dipped some, as have his stats.
In 43 appearances with the Yankees in 2022, Chapman only saved nine games and posted an ERA of 4.46, with effectively cost him the closer’s role.
The 34-year-old also had another misstep during the postseason, when he failed to show up to a mandatory team workout ahead of the ALDS against the Cleveland Guardians.
Chapman was ultimately left off the postseason roster altogether.
The spot would likely have been his had he shown up to the workout, as reliable young reliever Scott Effross had just gone down with an elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery, which in turn will keep him out for all of 2023.
Needless to say, there are some issues to work out with the left-hander.
But if the price is right, a team could take a chance on him.